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attack planned for one or more french churches. an algerian man based in paris with an arsenal of heavy weapons has been arrested. he is accused of killing a young mother. saudi arabia puts an end to four weeks of airstrikes on yemen. the rebels say they will continue to fight. umbrella protesters back in the streets of hong kong. that is after authorities reconfirm plans for a first-ever
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public vote for hong kong's leader using a short list preapproved by china. also coming up, tough times for tesco. the british retail giant went -- giant reports the biggest retail loss in its history. barcelona secures its spot in the final four of the champions league. first, our top story. ♪ anchor: we will start in paris. french authorities say they have foiled a planned terror attack on at least one or possibly more churches. an algerian man was arrested sunday, but the information was just released today. he is also thought to have killed a young mother at random in her car.
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here is more from the french prime minister. >> our country, like others, has been faced with a terrorist menace that has no precedent for its nature and magnitude. we have to face this menace with lucidity and mobilize ourselves with great determination. we have seen laws passed since 2012 and we have come a long way since the attacks in january. this mobilization has helped us arrest and question those who want to take themselves too syria and iraq.
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it is this mobilization and faster reactions that have helped us discover the identity of this individual. anchor: france 24 is at the palace where the france -- prime minister just spoke. he said it was thanks to the fast reaction of the security services that this man was found, but it seems that they caught him because he simply shot himself. >> absolutely. the suspect did shoot himself. what happened was that on sunday morning in southeastern paris the suspect called emergency services saying that he needed to be treated for a wound. when they got there, they found out he had been shot. they called the police. police raided and searched his car and found a weapons arsenal with machine guns and a bullet-proof vest. they rated the suspect's
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apartment and they found documents -- raided the suspect's apartment and they found documents that confirmed he was planning attacks against churches in paris. they are looking at a list of potential accomplices. they say the suspect has algerian origins. they say he came to france in 2009. he is in his early 20's and he was an i.t. student. what are french authorities going to do to curb terrorism in france? you just heard the prime minister say that this has never been seen before and france. france has not had such a high level of terror threats until now. he says the goal is to remain united and determined to crush terrorism in france. francois hollande is expected to express himself on the issue. he is currently having lunch with his ukrainian counterpart.
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he is expected to answer questions about this issue. french authorities are currently working on a new anti-terrorism law, which consists of boosting -- in boosting the number of agents and also in shutting down jihadist websites. the most controversial part of the law is to allow the phone tapping of terror suspects. critics say that the law goes too far and that it goes against the freedom of expression but the government says it is necessary -- they say it only targets potential terrorists and that it is no way close to the patriot act in the united states, for example. already since the charlie hebdo attacks back in january, that was three months ago when 17 people were killed, now the security has been boosted across france. an extra 10,000 troops are crisscrossing the country and
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are looking at more than 700 websites. anchor: thank you so much for that. we have james entrée with us on the set. -- james andre with us on the set. let's talk about the profile of the suspect. james: if you take the suspects from the january attacks, those were seasoned criminals. they had moved from petty crimes to medium crimes in their criminal career. they got radicalized in prison. they decided to commit terrorist acts as they came out. this is very different. what we have is an algerian national who came to france in 2009 because of a french immigration law.
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one of his parents was in france and since one of his parents was in france, he was allowed to come to france to study. that does not mean -- he is not a french national. anyway, he was an i.t. student. apparently, he was no problem until recently. in 2014, he started professing the fact that he wanted to go to syria. the french security services heard about this and decided to open an inquiry on him. that was a very discreet measure. they were simply watching him. at the beginning of 2015, he traveled to turkey. he spent a week there. he disappeared off the radar during that week. he came back to france. he was questioned in france. then they lifted surveillance because they did not think that anything was about to happen. now we know that was not the case. anchor: we just saw pictures of
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the french prime minister -- when he was speaking earlier, he said that we must stay united in the face of terrorism. what can we read into the word "united"? james: the problem is that the suggestion is a bit tense right now. since the charlie hebdo attacks there have been a lot of islam a phobic acts -- islamaphobic acts that have taken place in france. this is what the terrorists are trying to achieve. this young man was a student. no specific problems before 2014. does that mean you need to ban visas for all students who would like to come study in france? of course not. there are fringes of the society who might point fingers at the muslim community. there might be some problems between communities.
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it is about not dividing the french society, which would be the worst case scenario in this specific area. anchor: thanks for that, james. four weeks of airstrikes on yemen have reportedly come to an end. it seems like the fighting is still going on on the ground. the coalition led by saudi arabia had been targeting houthi rebels who had taken over most of the country, forcing the president to flee. after a month of strikes that killed close to 1000 civilians the saudis said they would focus on a political solution to the crisis. rebel forces seized a loyalist headquarters after that. this reportedly left dozens dead and wounded. the houthis have freed the defense minister in the capital nearly a month after he was captured. over the past year, yemen has been pushed into chaos since the
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houthis took over the capital. >> months of chaos for yemen. last september, shiite rebels seized control of the capital, they surrounded the palace, and rendered the president a virtual prisoner. the president later submitted his resignation, a move rejected by parliament. the president fled to saudi arabia. a power vacuum and gains by houthis in yemen triggered a saudi response. since they launched their offensive, airstrikes of been conducted to destroy houthi infrastructure.
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with the death toll at over 900, operation decisive storm has been shelved in place of a political -- in favor of a clinical solution. the president remains out of the country. the capital is still in rebel hands. anchor: security forces in iraq say they have retaken part of the western city of ramadi. they took back the pediatric and maternity hospital and the surrounding neighborhood after fierce clashes with i.s. mil itants. some people are starting to head home after leaving the city during the fighting. in hong kong, umbrella protesters are back in the streets after authorities reconfirmed plans -- the first-ever public phone for hong kong's leader would use a short list preapproved by china. the activists have slammed the voting framework from beijing.
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they say voting from preselected candidates is "fake democracy." >> the umbrellas are back in central hong kong. four months later and democracy protesters congregated on the streets. their grievances the same. hong kong's chief executive unveiled a long-awaited blueprint for the elections in 2017. the main objections seem to have been ignored. hong kong voters will still have to choose from a list of candidates preselected by a pro-beijing committee. >> firstly, this proposal meets the demands of the majority of hong kong's population. secondly, the central government has made it clear what its principles are, where its bottom line is, and it will not make any compromise. >> the election in 2017 is set to be the first ever public vote
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for hong kong's leader. protesters in the umbrella movement say that it will be nothing more than a fake democracy if the candidates they are voting for have been nominated by beijing. >> the proposal allows them to control the election result by controlling the nomination process. >> the opposition democratic cap holds a one third -- camp holds a one third veto block. the direct vote is a historic step, in itself, toward political reform. residents were warned that such an opportunity might not come around again. for the protesters who camped in the streets for months at the end of last year, it is another example of the erosion of hong kong's freedoms by mainland china. anchor: we have sports news. barcelona won its spot in the semi finals of the champions
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league after claiming a 2-0 victory in their last match. psg's coach play down the loss, calling for patients. -- patience. >> we have improved, but it is always true that we say we must be patient when playing in the champions league. we know patience is not a virtue in the world of sports. we must be patient. creating a big club, like this one, like barcelona, will take time. also, we want results quickly. domestically and in europe. this will take time. paris will get there if we continue. we need further investment. we will get there, but we need time. anchor: you are watching "france 24." france says it has foiled a
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terror attack on one or more french churches. an algerian man based in paris has been arrested. he is accused of killing a young mother. saudi arabia put an end to four weeks of airstrikes in yemen. the houthi rebels say they will continue to fight. umbrella protesters back in the streets in hong kong after authorities reconfirmed plans that the first ever public vote for hong kong's leader will use a short list of candidates preapproved by china. time for the business news. let's start with the massive losses reported by the supermarket group tesco. >> the u.k.'s biggest retailer and the third-largest retailer in the world. they reported their biggest losses in their 96-year history. there are a number of factors behind this loss for the
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company. their stores are worth less than previously thought. they closed 43 of their stores in the u.k. and canceled plans to build another. that cost 6.5 billion euros. sales are down. trading profits are down. there is that accounting scandal we talked about before. last year's company profit was overstated. this is a bleak picture for the new ceo. anchor: what is happening with the share standing? >> shares are down only 2%. they opened up this morning which is a bit of an interesting one. nobody had been expecting investors to be pleased by this information. at the midpoint of the trading day in europe, all of the
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major indices are down. anchor: has anything happened on the greek front? >> it does not look like it is happening this week. this is another important week. athens is trying to agree on a list of economic reforms that is going to -- they are trying to get an exchange for the last 11 billion euros of their bailout. we have this report. >> greece is running out of time and money. it had been expected to show a proposal of reforms on friday. they are hoping to unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout money. both sides have signaled that a breakthrough is unlikely anytime soon. >> the negotiations have made progress over the past few days. there is reason for optimism.
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if we continue to work in a focused way, we could reach an agreement in the coming weeks. >> both sides were hoping to reach a deal before the april 30th deadline. that will likely be pushed back. greece owes the imf. 70 million euros are due on may 12th. the bailout extension expires on june 30th. there are fears that greece could default. >> there will be a deal. even the institutions acknowledge that. this does not necessarily mean that there will be a solution at the eurogroup on friday. the eurogroup makes significance t decisions. >> greece made a scramble to hand over spare money. athens needs to find well over
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one billion euros to meet this month's wage and pension bills. anchor: some bad news for russia. the eu has accused russia upon gas prom -- russia's gazprom of abusing its position. >> the complaint is centered on the company's actions in a number of areas. preventing the flow of gas between eu countries. charging unfair prices. demanding control of pipelines. the company says that the eu claims are unfounded. it has 12 weeks to formally react to the charges. >> it concerned a different countries -- eight different countries. they are prominent in all of these markets. in some of these markets, they are the gas under -- vendor. what we say in the statement of
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objection is our preliminary view alleges that they are abusing this dominant position. >> the so-called flash crash on wall street. a man was arrested in london on tuesday after u.s. authorities charged him with fraud and manipulation of the markets. he is facing an extradition case to stand trial in the united states. he has appeared in court in london in the past few minutes and the judge has set the hearing for the extradition case for august of this year. anchor: a very iconic american product is about to get a makeover. >> this is kraft macaroni and cheese. if you are an american or have american friends, it is a most impossible to explain.
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the company is going to remove the artificial ingredients that give the macaroni and cheese its yellow-orange glow. the change comes after an online position -- petition to remove the coloring gain steam online. anchor: i am curious to see what that color will look like. it looks about the same as my dress. [laughter] anchor: time now for the press review. ♪ anchor: to help us take a look at the papers -- >> hi there. anchor: lots of emotion in the press following a string of deadly shipwrecks in the mediterranean. >> this cartoon sums up the emotion you are getting and a lot of the papers today.
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the mediterranean sea is literally transformed into a graveyard. beachgoers in europe look on in horror. there is a very interesting paper in the left-leaning paper today. they talk about why it is important to legalize immigration. they lay out the case as to why to provide residency and working permits to migrants and why this is the right approach. to quote the editorial. they say that the migrants are paying human traffickers colossal sums of money, money that could be used in europe. anchor: the recent tragedies in the mediterranean have cast the spotlight on these massive smuggling networks that are helping migrants try to get to europe. that is also getting a lot of attention. >> if we take a look at the front page of the "wall street journal," that is what they are taking a look at. there is a vast, multimillion dollar people smuggling enterprise that is run by libyan
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militias, tribesmen, and bandits. there is a map that shows the scale of what they call the "smugglers' net." the profits from human trafficking have really consolidated a new balance of power in the region. european authorities are trying to crack down on these human trafficking rings. if you take a look at the front page of the "independent," they have a photo that was put out by the italian police that are looking for this one human trafficker, or alleged human trafficker. he is an ethiopian man who was allegedly responsible for sending tens of thousands of migrants across the mediterranean. he and his business partner have made more than 100 million euros in the last two years. they are being tracked down by italian authorities in tripoli.
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they are now italy's two most wanted men. italy is finally cracking down on the slave trade. anchor: let's move onto another story that is getting a lot of attention. the criminal court in egypt has sentenced mohamed morsi, the former president, to 20 years in jail. the first legal decision, finally, against him. >> you can get all of the details of that verdict in the "wall street journal." 20 years in prison for stirring up violence. it is very interesting to see how the egyptian press is responding to this. there were only articles in the pro-government papers talking about the trial. he was acquitted of premeditated murder. that was a crime that would have carried a mandatory death penalty. in this editorial in the pro-government paper, they say
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that he should have gotten the death sentence. they say the court was too lenient. another pro-government paper is more measured. it says that 20 years is pretty good. these trials are encouraging proof that democracy is moving forward in egypt. anchor: let's go to germany. many papers are reacting to the trial of the man known as the bookkeeper of auschwitz. >> he admitted that he was morally complicit. that is a quote you can see in an article i have pulled out. he says that he is morally complicit in the crimes against humanity committed during the holocaust. he is one of a handful of elderly nazis, who german authorities are hoping to prosecute before they die. an interesting article from another german paper. it is critical.
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it does not make sense. is this justice or is this revenge? how can we punish someone who is accused of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people when his life expectancy is unlikely to be sufficient to read him the whole verdict? the only thing the trial highlights is the eternal shame of the german justice system. the paper says that is how little the german government did to pursue not the perpetrators. anchor: today is earth day. >> this paper mocks the day -- hype around earth day. earth day was created in 1970 by an american senator. the idea is to raise awareness about the environment. according to this paper, 45 years on, earth day has not been able to in void -- avoid the
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environmental catastrophes we are headed toward and already in. sure, google has their doodle and we will see lots of speeches. the truth is much worse. the ice caps are melting, the oceans are being depleted. rhinoceroses are alomstósñyñsóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóyóy
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